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Clay Hand building + Pottery Wheel Term Class for Adults

Course overview

This pottery and ceramics class is for new and continuing students who would like to learn wheel-throwing and/or clay hand building techniques to make make functional and decorative objects and forms . New students with no prior experience will be introduced to fundamental principles of working with clay using hand building techniques as well as wheel throwing and build on their skills and confidence each week. Continuing students or those with prior experience elsewhere will continue to refine their skills, start to develop their own projects and interests and build confidence.

Our purpose built ceramics studio is located in the heart of Sydney’s inner west. The studio is equipped with 8 pottery wheels and plenty of clay hand building stations. A limited number of glazes are available and work is kiln fired on the premises. There is a maximum of 8 students in this class.

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What to expect

Through demonstration and hands on practice

  • learn and develop clay hand building technique including: Pinching, Coiling, Slab Building, Clay Relief.
  • practise the fundamental techniques of wheel throwing including: centring, shaping and trimming
  • learn a range of surface decoration techniques
  • learn about the possibilities of glazing

Is this course right for me?

This new course is for students with little or no experience working with clay AND continuing students or students with prior experience at other institutions.

What should I bring?

Your own APRON
A sponge (car wash size is good)
An old hand towel
A few plastic grocery bags to wrap your clay artworks and leftover clay
A plastic storage container with a lid is useful to keep your materials together (about 40cmx30cmx30cm high) (eg from Ikea, officeworks or a discount shop)
A notebook to take notes and sketch your ideas
Reference images if you like

What should I wear?

Wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes you are relaxed about getting clay on. We suggest comfortable pants/trousers as you’ll sit close to the wheel as you throw.
Please ensure long hair is tied back, take off jewellery and watches and remove any long necklaces, scarves etc from around your neck
Bring an apron.
We also recommend you trim your nails first (no guarantees that your manicure will last when working with clay

What materials will be provided?

Students will be provided with a 1kg bag of clay each and basic glazes to use in this introductory class to enable completion of several projects across the term. Extra supplies can be purchased if needed.

Additional clay may be purchased at $5 per 2kg (or $20 a 10kg bag)
Pottery tool sets are available for purchase at $15.
Additional glazes are available for a small fee.

Will my vessels be fired?

Included in your fee is the firing of six vessels of your choice.
You can have more vessels fired for an additional fee. These will be charged by weight at $5 per kilo per firing (paid at the time of firing). It may take take two firings to complete your work.

Wheel throwing classes have a maximum of 8 students Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need. For most ceramics classes clay is supplied to complete several projects and this is included in your course fees. Additional clay can be purchased if required.

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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • I enjoy doing something with my hands and Greg is a great instructor. Conversations with him and Arun, the inhouse ceramics teacher and coordinator, are very educational and interesting. I look forward to my next set of classes which I have already booked.